'I Still Kind Of Tear Up When I Think About It': Father Receives 26-Year-Old Letter From Late Son

| by Jonathan Constante

A Virginia man received a Father’s Day card originally sent more than two decades ago from his late son who passed away from AIDS.

Duane Schrock Sr., 87, told WSET that he and his son had a rocky relationship because he did not approve of his son’s homosexuality. He was surprised when he received a letter originally postmarked in 1989 from his son.

The letter read:

"Dear, Dad, we haven't been in touch for quite a while, I'm doing fine and am very happy in Richmond, I'd like to hear from you. Have a Happy Father's Day, Love Duane."

The letter was meant to reach Schrock Sr. for Father’s Day 26 years ago but never made it to him.

"Somebody picked up the ball and carried it and after all these years they must still have forwarded it," Schrock said. "I still kind of tear up when I think about it."

Duane Schrock Jr. died of AIDS in 1995. Before he died, Schrock Sr. said he asked his son if he made peace with God because he wants to see him again in heaven.

For now, Schrock Sr. is happy to have finally received the delayed letter.

"It was sure welcome and it restored faith in the mail service," Schrock said.

Sources: ABC News Go, Boston News Time

Photo Credit: WSET